Bangladesh receives 12 lakh more doses of vaccine as gift from India

Staff Correspondent

27 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has received a consignment of more 12 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as gift from the neighbouring India. The vaccines arrived here on Friday.

A special flight carrying the drug landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1.45pm on Friday, DGHS sources said. Later, the vaccines were taken to district EPI store in Tejgaon of Dhaka.

The vaccine doses came at a time when India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Bangladesh on a two-day official visit to attend the golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh and the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Earlier in January, the Indian      

government gave 20 lakh Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh as gift.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has signed a tripartite agreement with Serum Institute of Indian to purchase 3 crore of the coronavirus vaccine in phases.

As part of the agreement, Bangladesh received first consignment of 50 lakh doses of the AstrZeneca vaccine on January 25. Later, it also received 20 lakh vaccine in second consignment on February 23.

The nationwide vaccination drive started on 7 February after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the programme in a small testing phase in the end of January.

The country is likely to start giving second dose of the vaccine from April 8, DGHS sources said.